Elon Musk smokes marijuana with Joe Rogan during live interview

A man walks near a logo of Tesla outside its China headquarters in Beijing

A man walks near a logo of Tesla outside its China headquarters at China Central Mall in Beijing China

About two hours into the podcast, which can be seen on YouTube, Musk inhales from what the host says is a combined marijuana-tobacco joint, which Rogan notes is legal.

However, during an interview for The New York Times, Mr. Musk criticized the use of the drug while denying it had anything to do with attempting to take Tesla private.

Tesla's shares dropped to $252.25 earlier Friday morning, falling 10 percent, Bloomberg reported.

"Yeah, I think I tried one once", he said, when it was confirmed that it was indeed a cigarette containing marijuana and Rogan asked if he had ever used before.

"I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What are you doing smoking weed?' " he said.

The 47-year-old billionaire later said he wasn't a "regular smoker" of marijuana because he doesn't find it "very good for productivity". "I don't actually notice any effect ..."

Morton's departure further roiled the company which has been under heightened scrutiny since Musk's chaotic announcement on August 7 on Twitter that he was considering taking Tesla private, a plan that was reversed two weeks later. A spokesperson for Tesla did not immediately return request for comment regarding Toledano's standing at the company.

Elon Musk talked about a "never-ending explosion" of ideas that constantly runs through his brain on the show. That tweet prompted controversy and an SEC investigation.

Musk announced later in August that the company would remain public.

Tesla noted in a statement to Reuters that Morton opted to depart from the company due to his discomfort with the level of public attention and Tesla's overall pace of work.

Musk said he was not as anxious about artificial intelligence than he was previously after "taking a more fatalistic attitude".

The aura of weed has surrounded Musk before.

"I think the future in where we are a space-faring civilization out there among the stars, that is very exciting", Musk said.

Incidentally, being recorded in California, it was entirely legal.

Viecha also restated Tesla's forecast that it will build 50,000 to 55,000 of its Model 3 sedans in the current quarter, and indicated the company's working capital will improve as production increases, Spak wrote.

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